Mae Questel was a popular American Actress. Questel worked in TV, movies as well as on stage. Her fame was recognized when she lent his voice to two iconic characters. From 1931 to 1939, she lent his voice to a popular animated character Betty Boop. From 1933 to 1983 she also provide her voice to Olive Oyl, one of the famous animated characters. In 1989, she also worked in National Lampoon Christmas Vacation and played the role of Bethany’s Aunt.
In this article, you will learn about the details of Mae Questel’s life, including her death and her movies and TV shows.
Who was Mae Questel?
A lady who was a famous Actress and Voice Artist. Mae tied the knot with Jack E. Shelby. Mae and Jack Shelby had 2 children together.
|90 years old
|The Bronx, New York, USA
|Date of Death
|4 Jan 1998
|New York City, New York, USA
Mae Questel’s early life:
Mae Questel was born on 13 September 1908 in The Bronx, New York. Her parents Simon and Freida were Jews orthodox. She was admitted to Morris High School. She was interested in acting so she studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and with the Theatre Guild.
Questel wanted to become an entertainer but her parents discouraged her and forced her to leave Theatre. At the age of 17, she won a talent contest was signed by an agent, and worked as an impersonator.
Voice of Betty Boop:
In 1931, Mae got a job lending her voice to the animated character Betty Boop. She became the leading voice of Betty Boop. Until 1939, she provides her voice to Betty Boop. In the 1930s she sings the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”. Apart from this, she studied drama at Colombia University.
Voice of Olive Oyl:
In 1933, Questel provided her voice to Olive Oyl in Popeye cartoons. She provided her voice for this character until 1938. In 1978, she also tried to take the role of Olive Oyl But then she rejected and role given to Marilyn Schreffle.
Mae Questel Relationship Status:
On 22 December 1930, Mae Questel got married to Leo Balkin. But unfortunately, they parted away before 1950. In 1970, on 19th November Mae again tied a knot with Jack E. Shelby. Mae and Jack Shelby ad 2 sons together Robert Balkin and Richard Balkin.
|Jack E. Shelby
|Robert Balkin and Richard Balkin
Mae Questel Voice to other Shows:
In 1958, she provided her voice in Wendy the good little witch. In the 1950s, she worked in “Winky Dink and You. In 1962, she worked in the family Ghost. She also worked in Spin-offs and the Flintstones series. Mae constantly did voice to Betty Boop and Olive Oyl in advertisements and many more. In 1935 she also voiced in “The Kids in the Shoe”.
Mae Questel Movies:
Mae Questel also plays short roles in films. She played a small role in Musical Justice and Musical Doctor. She grabs attention through TV commercials. Especially grab fame from “Aunt Blue Bell.”. In 1989, she worked on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and this was her last role on TV.
Legacy and net worth:
Mae Questel is a renowned voice artist. She generates her income through acting and by providing her voice to various animated characters. According to some sources, the estimated net worth of Mae is somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.
|Actor and Voice Artist
Mae Questel Death:
Mae Questel is suffering from Alzheimer’s. On 4th January 1998, Ma Questel passed away. The reason for her death is complications from her Alzheimer’s disease. When Mae died, she is of 89 years old and was in her home in Manhattan. Mae was laid to rest in New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, New York, USA.
Mae Questel was a very intelligent and talented lady. She has a passion for acting. She is a talented actress and a voice artist. She served her skills in Betty Boop and Olive Oyl until her death. She also lent her voice to many shows and characters. Mae also acted in various movies and shows.
People liked her and appreciated her. Her role in the National Lampoon Christmas Vacation is a reason for her fame. She passed away because of her disease at the age of 89 in 1998. May her soul rest in peace.